Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Tar Heels vs Panthers CBB Odds
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(24-5) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (15-13)
2017 NCAA Basketball – ACC
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Tar Heels -8
CBB Betting Total: 157.5
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North Carolina is playing well and might be a number one seed with a strong finish.
Despite a dynamic senior duo the Panthers are not getting much done this season.
This is a good game for the Tar Heels to prove themselves for the committee. Road wins are big.
North Carolina Tar Heels
The Tar Heels have looked very good since losing at Duke. Especially in the last two games, double digit wins over Virginia and Louisville.
I am not sure whether it was the pace of the game or good defense but they have been much sharper at that end. Probably it was a bit of both.
At the offensive end it seems like Justin Jackson is getting better as the season goes on. He could easily wind up being player of the year if they take the regular season title.
Joel Berry had a nice bounce back game against Louisville. He was awful against Virginia even though they blew them out. He only scored 5 points.
Pittsburgh has some size so this is a game where they need more from Kennedy Meeks. He might be averaging 12 and 9 but sometimes you forget he is out there.
UNC definitely has a depth advantage here. Even though they are on the road and have been playing good defense they will probably be wise to push the pace.
After a nice home win over Florida State the Panthers struggled, losing at Wake Forest. They did cover the number though.
Against the Demon Deacons the dynamic duo of Michael Young and Jamel Artis combined for 35 points, more than half the team’s total. Usuallu they are even more prolific and in this one they definitely did not get a lot of help.
The duo is probably going to have to score 45 or more for the Panthers to stay in this game.
In the loss to Wake the bench combined to score a total of three points. Sure the starters played a lot of minutes but that was 3 points total in 26 minutes. Against UNC they will get killed if that happens.
Pitt is not going to steal an at large bid but they can be a team to be reckoned with under the right circumstances. I do not like this matchup.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-1-1 in UNC last 8 overall.
- Under is 6-1-1 in UNC last 8 vs. Atlantic Coast.
- Under is 6-2 in PITT last 8 overall.
- Under is 6-2 in PITT last 8 vs. Atlantic Coast.
- PITT are 20-42-2 ATS in their last 64 home games.
Free North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Pittsburgh Panthers NCAAB Prediction:
I want to give Pitt a chance because they have to veteran players but their lack of depth is too much to ignore.
North Carolina should win this one easily. Look for the number to go up as tip off approaches.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: North Carolina -8
Look for the Tar Heels to win by double digits.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: North Carolina 87 – Pittsburgh 73
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